Who We Are

Michael Shinn and Jessica Chow Shinn | Co-Founders and Artistic Directors

pianoSonoma Who We AreAs the pianoSonoma Duo and as Yamaha Artists, pianists Jessica and Michael Shinn perform regularly throughout the United States. They have been invited to speak about the role of the arts in society and to perform at the Pebble Beach Authors and Ideas Festival. Passionate advocates of new music, Jessica and Michael have given world premieres by composers such as Adam Schoenberg and Thomas Cabaniss. They recently commissioned a new two-piano concerto by Cabaniss, which the duo premiered with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra in April of 2017.


Michael Shinn

Michael Shinn joined Boston Conservatory at Berklee in 2017 as dean of music. In this capacity, he oversees Music Division faculty, students, and curriculum development. Michael’s diverse career in music reflects his deep passion for performance, education, entrepreneurship, and innovation in the arts. Learn more about Michael.


Jessica Chow Shinn

Pianist Jessica Chow Shinn was recently appointed associate professor of piano and is head of collaborative piano at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. She was a faculty member at The Juilliard School in the College and Evening Divisions from 2012-2017. Learn more about Jessica.


Rami Kim | Director of Operations

Rami Kim is a highly sought after pianist and longtime Sonoma County resident. She started her musical training as a young child, and later went on to attend Concordia University and Sonoma State University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance. There, she studied with Marilyn Thompson and was invited to play for many concerts and events for the music department and with the development of the Green Music Center. Since graduating, she has received her MBA in Music Business from Southern New Hampshire University, has continued working as a freelance musician, and has embarked on a successful career as an Arts Administrator, working with such prestigious organizations as pianoSonoma, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Chamber Music San Francisco, and Lesher Center for the Arts.


Anthony Barfield and Velocity Music | Media and Videography

DSC_3257ANTHONY BARFIELD is a Composer and Educator based in New York City. Known for his lyrical writing style, his compositions have been performed throughout the U.S. and Europe. Anthony has received commissions from groups such as The University of Kentucky Wind Ensemble and Joseph Alessi of the New York Philharmonic.  He made his Carnegie Hall debut at the 2012 New York Wind Band Festival where his work “Here We Rest” was performed.  In demand as a composer in residence, Mr. Barfield has had performances at College Bandmasters National Association and has worked with groups such as The University of Scranton Singers, Manhattan School of Music Brass Ensemble. Anthony released his first composition album in the fall of 2013 titled “Chapter II” with The University of Alabama Wind Ensemble. Anthony studied composition with C.P. First, Avner Dorman, Thomas Cabaniss, and Nils Vigeland.

As a former trombonist, he has performed at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Dizzy’s Coca Cola Club, Alice Tully Hall, and the Kennedy Center. Anthony has served as a Teaching Artist for Grammy-award-winning producer Phil Ramone’s Children’s Orchestra and with a member of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra in Philadelphia.  He has performed with The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Wycliffe Gordon and Friends, Alabama Symphony, Mobile Symphony, and Park Avenue Chamber Symphony.

As a trombonist Mr. Barfield can be heard on recordings including Dvorak Symphony No. 7 & 8-Malaysian Philharmonic, Donnie McClurkin’s We Are All One (Live), Demondrae Thurman’s Soliloquies with the University Of Alabama Wind Ensemble, Lisa McClendon’s Live at The House of Blues and others. His primary trombone instructors include Joseph Alessi, Dr. Per Brevig, Jay Evans and Dan Drill.

He holds degrees in trombone performance from The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music.

Jonathan Bass | Faculty member | Boston program

Jonathan Bass joined the Conservatory’s piano faculty in 1993 and is a professor of piano. Bass has performed with numerous orchestras, and his recordings have received critical acclaim. A Steinway Artist, Bass made his New York debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall after being awarded first prize in the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition in 1993. He performs throughout the United States as a soloist and chamber musician and makes frequent New England appearances at Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall, and Tanglewood. Internationally, he has performed in China, Israel, Japan, Poland, and Russia.

Collaborative highlights include guest appearances with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players and recitals with renowned violinist Joseph Silverstein. As the pianist and a founding member of Walden Chamber Players, Bass has recorded three albums and has performed on a variety of chamber music series and residencies across the United States and Canada. He has also given numerous performances with many present and past members of the Boston Symphony.

Bass studied in the Juilliard Pre-College Division with Richard Fabre and later received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in piano from Juilliard as a student of Adele Marcus and Sascha Gorodnitzki. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from Indiana University’s School of Music, where he studied with and was teaching assistant to Menahem Pressler. Additionally, Bass has studied at the Moscow Conservatory in Russia and at Oberlin College.

Barbara Shinn | Faculty member | California program

Barbara Shinn headshotBarbara Shinn is a member of the music faculty of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama where she directs the class piano program and teaches piano, theory and aural skills. She also maintains a private piano studio in her home in which she teaches pre-college and adult students.

Awarded the Alabama Music Teachers Association Teacher of the Year Award in 2006, she holds two undergraduate degrees – one in applied piano and the other in music education from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, and two masters’ degrees – one in piano and the other in collaborative piano from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in addition to extended studies in music theory at UW-Madison.  She has held faculty positions at the University of South Dakota, Cumberland College of Tennessee and Huntingdon College.

Barbara has performed in numerous chamber music recitals and has presented many programs with her husband in duet and duo piano recitals. She has held positions in the MTNA Southern Division Competitions, is a Past President of Alabama Music Teachers Association, continues on the AMTA Board as Certification Chair and is past President of the Birmingham Metro Music Forum.

Barbara was the recipient of the Presidential Scholars’ Teacher Recognition Award in Washington, D.C., in June 2008.

Ronald Shinn | Faculty member | California program

Marilyn Thompson | Faculty member | California program

Marilyn Thompson headshotPianist Marilyn Thompson received her Bachelor’s Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she was a student of Adolph Baller. She was awarded a Fulbright grant to the Vienna Academy of Music, and subsequently received her Master’s Degree from Stanford University, where she studied under the Helen Evans Memorial Scholarship – a full-tuition grant. While at Stanford, she gave the West Coast Premiere of Roger Sessions’ Piano Concerto. She has given countless recitals in the United States and abroad, and has been the featured soloist in concerti of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Gershwin, Martinu, Hindemith, Barber and others. She has performed virtually the entire standard chamber music repertoire. Her recordings include performances of the Thomas Beversdorf Cello sonata, the Brahms Trio Op.87, and Ravel’s Violin-Piano Sonate. Marilyn has performed in chamber music concerts in Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center; the 92nd Street “Y” in New York City; the Philip’s Gallery, Washington D.C.; Boston’s Symphony Hall; Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco; and most recently in the Teatro Nacional, San Jose, Costa Rica. In the 1980’s she was the pianist member of the Chamber Soloists of San Francisco and the San Francisco Trio. At the present time Marilyn is the pianist of the Navarro Trio, a group which performs frequently throughout the Bay Area. Marilyn has taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music; the College of Holy Names, Oakland, California; at the University of California at Santa Cruz; and is presently on the faculty of Sonoma State University where she has taught since 1976.


Roy Zajac | Faculty member | California program

During the course of his undergraduate work at the University of Michigan, Roy studied in Vienna, Austria with Peter Schmidle, the Principal Clarinetist of the Vienna Philharmonic. After earning his undergraduate degree in Music, Roy was selected to play with the Filharmoni del Bajio orchestra in Guanajuato, Mexico. After completing a season in Mexico, he returned to the United States to commence graduate work. Roy earned a Master’s degree in Music Performance at the University of Minnesota where he studied with Burt Hara, the Principal Clarinetist of the Minnesota Orchestra. While in Minnesota, he performed with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Bergen Wind Quintet.

Roy then joined the United States Air Force as he was selected for a position with the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West, stationed at Travis Air Force Base, in Fairfield, California. In 1998, Roy was selected as the Principal Clarinetist of the Santa Rosa Symphony, under the direction of Jeffery Kahane. He frequently performs chamber music with members of the Santa Rosa Symphony and has worked with many other Northern California symphonies in Berkeley, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, and San Francisco. In February of 2013, Roy soloed in the Mozart Clarinet Concerto under the direction of Maestro Bruno Farrandis with the Santa Rosa Symphony in the newly opened Weill Hall at the Green Music Center.

Roy enjoys teaching private lessons to many students throughout the Bay Area. He also has/continues to instruct and coach clarinet, woodwinds, and wind and chamber ensembles for Santa Rosa Symphony youth orchestras, Marin Arts Academy, Cazadaro Performing Arts Camp, Santa Rosa Junior College, Sonoma State University, and other institutions and private organizations throughout the Bay Area.

Board of Directors

Susan Vondy Batchelor, Robert Cundall, Darrell Prescott, John Santoleri, Jessica Shinn, Michael Shinn


Artistic Advisory Board

Dana Grider, Lauren Thompson



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